Trump Promotes Jewish “Jexodus” Group; Frames Politics Through Moral Imperative to Favor Jews
PRESIDENT TRUMP lobbed a new attack at Democrats he claims are ‘anti-Jewish’ and ‘anti-Israel’ on Tuesday morning, promoting a Jewish millennial group that’s pushing people to leave the party.
Ex-Trump staffer and model Elizabeth Pipko, who revealed this year she secretly worked on the Republican’s presidential campaign, had appeared on ‘Fox & Friends’ to talk about the ‘Jexodus’ movement and excoriate Democrats for policies she says hurt Jews.
‘Obviously, we saw a lot of anti-Israel policies kind of start under the Obama administration, and it got worse and worse….There’s antisemitism in the Democratic Party,’ she said. ‘They can hide it, they can do whatever they want. They failed to condemn it, and now it’s there. It’s time.’
The president escalated her claims in a tweet quoting that part of her appearance.
The interview provided Trump with a new opportunity to smack Democrats for a House resolution they passed last week on hate speech that they amended to be broader than antisemitism.
Pipkin, a model who has appeared in Maxim, said Democrats ‘failed’ to properly condemn the growing anti-Jewish sentiment in their party with the vote that has its origins in comments Rep. Ilhan Omar made that were panned as anti-Semitic.
‘The scariest party, obviously was not the original anti-Semitism. It was the lack of leadership coming into play,’ she said. ‘so not only did the antisemitism that started with Ilhan Omar get worse and worse…but when the leadership fails to condemn that, it shows that they are a party of antisemitism.’
Bringing up Trump’s previous comments, she said, ‘You know, the president said that the other day, that’s what’s happening, and they can’t deny it any more.’
The Jexodus movement follows a call from Black, conservative activist Candace Owens for African-American voters to ‘Blexit’ the Democratic Party.
Pipkin told Fox & Friends of Jexodus: ‘Obviously it’s a play on exodus, but we left Egypt and now we’re leaving the Democratic Party.’
It’s not just Jews that the youth activist is calling on to reconsider their support for Democrats.
‘Anyone that’s Jewish, but also anyone at all that feels that they’ve been told not to vote according to their own conscience or beliefs,’ she said.
Jewish Americans overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, giving a quarter of their support to Trump, in a longstanding pattern of backing Democrats.
Pipkin admitted that ‘we’re obviously very realistic, but we’re also very optimistic’ about changing the trajectory in the next election.
‘The Democrats are currently helping us out,’ she said. ‘They’re proving our point, you know, they don’t care about Israel, they don’t care about the Jewish people.’
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders insisted at her first press briefing in 42 days in Monday that President Trump has called out ‘abhorrent’ language in the GOP, just as he has targeted Democrats for comments attacking Israel.
Trump blasted Democrats publicly as ‘anti-Israel’ and ‘anti-Jewish’ on Friday after they declined to formally reprimand Rep. Ilhan Omar for making allegedly anti-Semitic comments and reportedly told donors at a fundraiser that evening that they ‘hate’ Jewish people as he spoke from his private club in Florida.
Sanders did not deny that Trump expanded his argument behind closed doors when it came up at her briefing.
Instead she said, ‘The president’s been an unwavering and committed ally to Israel and the Jewish people and frankly the remarks that have been made by a number of Democrats and failed to be called out by Democrat leadership is frankly abhorrent and sad and it’s something that should be called by name.
‘It shouldn’t be put in a watered down resolution. It should be done the way the Republicans did it when Steve King made terrible comments,’ she said.
Trump never spoke out against the GOP lawmaker who was stripped of his committees but remains a federal legislator. Sanders called his comments ‘abhorrent’ at the time, but the Twitter-happy president did not condemn him.
She argued Monday that they are one in the same, because she speaks for the president. And like her comments on King, after the Iowa lawmaker praised white nationalism, she said that Trump would like to see Democrats calls out anti-Semitic behavior.
On principle, Sanders declined to comment on leaked comments from the president’s fundraiser about Democrats and their alleged detest for Jews.
She suggested that a reporter ‘ask Democrats what their position is since they’re unwilling to call this what it is, and call it out by name, and take actual action against members who have done things like this’ and claimed the moral high ground for Republicans.
Trump openly called the House vote last week on a resolution condemning hate language a ‘disgrace’ from the White House after Democrats expanded it to touch other minority and religious groups at the last minute.
‘The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, they have become an anti-Jewish party,’ he said as he left the White House for Alabama. ‘And I thought that vote was a disgrace. And so does everybody else, if you get an honest answer.’
The House passed a resolution condemning hate language on Thursday after alleged anti-semitic comments from Rep. Omar consumed lawmakers’ attention this week, caused an internecine war among Democrats and bringing the wrath of Republicans.
It did not condemn Omar specifically, and at the last minute, Democrats added hate language about minority groups, including Muslims, to the resolution.
The final vote was 407 to 23 with one lawmaker voting present. All no votes came from Republicans.
As the gavel slammed down to close the vote, it carried with it the hopes of Democratic leaders that the issue could be put to rest and the party could move forward to their signature legislation — a sweeping anti-corruption in bill that comes for a vote on Friday.
Republican Rep. Steve King, who has been accused of supporting white supremacists, was the sole present vote.
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert took to the House floor before the vote on the anti-hate resolution to announce his opposition to it, arguing the original measure ‘should never be watered down’ with additional minority groups.
‘There’s never been a persecution of people like the Jewish people,’ he said.
Some Democrats agreed with him yet supported the legislation anyway.
Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, who is Jewish, said he would vote for the resolution but was disappointed the House did not bring forward a separate resolution condemning Omar’s comments.
Democratic leaders had hoped to dispatch with the issue quickly through a hastily-written resolution condemning anti-Semitism.
But they broadened the text to include Islamophobia and white supremacism after Omar’s defenders said one form of hate should not be singled out over others.
Minutes before the scheduled vote, Democrats pulled the resolution again, to add several groups not included in the original measure, including Latinos, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and the LGBTQ community.
Lawmakers held a contentious debate on the House floor for nearly an hour before the vote occurred, with Republicans questioning why such a resolution was necessary.
‘We shouldn’t have had to go through the number of versions we have had to,’ GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said.
He added: ‘I will pledge to you this: from this side of the aisle – and I hope you understand this clearly, any hatred, we take action.’
The chaos surrounding the vote reflected the disarray among the Democrats after Omar made a series of comments that were alleged to be anti-Semitic.
‘We’re not policing the speech of our members,’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of the measure condemning hate speech.
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Source: Daily Mail